The Osun State government has described as “shameful”, the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the state has been collecting its allocation from the Federation Accounts regularly and has no business owing its workers.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, and the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, had during the party’s campaign rally in Osogbo on Tuesday, said Osun State collects its allocation as, and, when due and should be able to pay workers salaries.
Reacting to the claim, Semiu Okanlawon, the media aide Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said it was a tragedy of immense proportion when people in exalted offices such as that of the Vice President of a country descend so low to the point of telling barefaced lies to score cheap political points.
Mr. Okanlawon who is the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, in a statement, challenged both Messrs. Muazu and Sambo to tell the world when last were civil servants under the direct employment of the Federal Government paid as and when due.
He said the government at the centre had always refused to explain the late release of allocations to state and that it was an open truth that the allocations had also dropped in an unimaginable proportion.
“It is easy for Sambo, Muazu and other discredited leaders of the PDP to come to Osun and tell blatant lies over Federal Government’s obligations and make bogus claims about non-existent federal government presence in Osun,” he said.
“How can Sambo and Muazu justify the criminal reductions in the allocations to a state like Osun from N4.6billion to N1.1billion?
“In a state where salaries of workers alone carry more than N3.6billion, what magic do the PDP leaders have to make any state fulfil its obligations as at when due? Even with Federal Government unfair chunk of the allocation, why does it owe federal workers salaries,” he queried.
The governor’s aide said the irrational comments made by the PDP leaders over salaries further confirmed their evil plot to starve opposition states of funds as a ploy to turn the people against them.
He stated further, “But their evil plans have failed woefully. Not only have the people of Osun comprehended the real reasons for the funds starvation, they have gone ahead to look for means of sustaining the state in spite of the disappearing funds from the Federal Government.
“In case Sambo and Mu’azu are not aware, workers in Osun under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress have risen to the challenges. Rather than being in confrontations with the government of the APC under Aregbesola, they are brainstorming to come up with alternative plans to get funds to run the state efficiently.
“We are confident to state that only workers who know the prudence, capacity and commitment of their government to their welfare would do this.”
Mr. Okanlawon said it was particularly disheartening that the PDP leaders could list roads as part of their achievements in Osun during the campaign, wondering if the roads were constructed by the federal government in the air.
The governor’s aide challenged the PDP government to point to just one road it initiated and completed and delivered for public use in the last 10 years.
Mr. Okanlawon told the PDP leadership that just as it has never found any foothold in Osun since the advent of the Aregbesola administration, the party would never be present in the state.
He added, “The PDP should remember that it suffered a humiliating defeat in 2011. Its criminal invasion of Osun also failed to make any impact in August 2014 as its candidate lost woefully. And just as the then ACN presidential candidate was voted overwhelmingly in 2011, the APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, will be voted in by the people of Osun.
“All these are because the government in Osun has demonstrated an unparalleled capacity to deliver good governance and transform the lives of the people.”